>> is there victory in the broad sense for the president to claim in ending combat operations is probably the best way to say it. >> it was his schedule. the military pushed back against getting -- you know, going down to 50,000 troops as quickly as he wanted. there was a compromise of three months. sure, he can complaint credit forgetting down to 50,000 troops. there is a problem, of course, in that there is still violence in iraq, and while the combat mission is officially over, we know 50,000 troops, they are going to shoot back if shot at, and they are on combat patrols with iraqi forces. it's very fragile right now. there was a suicide bombing in baghdad just over the weekend. there was a wave of attacks the week before he made the speech. so i can assure you that there are no huge victory parades right now, you know, in iraq or at the pentagon. >> and given the flack president bush took about his aircraft error moment, and i was surprise -- >> it's a big speech.